Home Construction

Habitat homes are built with the help of volunteers.
Pick-up a hammer and help us build more!

Volunteer on a Construction Site

Volunteers are the backbone of our mission, helping us transform lives and communities. We welcome volunteers of all beliefs, backgrounds, and skill levels, fostering an inclusive and supportive environment.

We ensure that everyone receives the necessary training and tools to leave their mark. Interested in making a difference?

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Ways to Volunteer with Construction

Corporate Groups

Discover the power of team building with Habitat, where your company can foster stronger bonds while making a meaningful. Through corporate volunteering, your team will be challenged to collaborate and work together to achieve tangible outcomes. After the volunteer day, employees return to the workplace feeling connected and inspired. We supply all the necessary tools, materials, and training – you just provide a tax-deductible donation and the helping hands!

Individual Volunteers

Ready to make a difference as an individual volunteer? Join Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley and be a part of transforming lives through safe and affordable housing. Whether you’re skilled in construction or eager to learn, your passion and dedication can truly change the world. Embrace the rewarding experience of helping families and building a stronger community. Create a lasting impact by volunteering with us and build hope, one home at a time.

Community Groups

Many types of community groups practice their passion for service through Habitat’s mission. Faith groups, schools, and community organizations can create tangible impact. Together, people of all faiths and backgrounds build strength, stability, and a sense of place for their neighbors. Schools, community groups, nonprofit organizations, and more, play a crucial role in supporting affordable homeownership through volunteering, advocacy, and financial support. Join us in building a better tomorrow for families in need of affordable housing!

I’m ready to volunteer!


How do I get there? Where should we park and meet?

We encourage you to carpool or take public transportation, to meet us at the worksite. We usually have a Volunteer Kiosk on site for registration. Parking is typically available on the street; exceptions will be noted when you register for a workday. Please pay close attention to any posted street signs restricting parking for local residents.

What kind of skills or experience do I need?

No skills or previous experience is necessary. Our sites provide all the training you will need!

Do I need to bring any tools?

We provide all the tools you’ll need. If you have a favorite hammer or other tools you’d like to use, please be sure to label personal tools with your name.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Most volunteers wear:

  • Sneakers
  • Jeans or shorts
  • Old t-shirt
  • An old sweatshirt
  • Layers and sun protection to be prepared for any changes in the weather!
Can I leave early or arrive late?

We ask that volunteers commit to the full time span of any event. That way, everyone receives all the key orientation and safety instructions at the start of the event and helps through cleanup at the end. If you are unable to commit to a full day, some volunteer opportunities offer half day options.


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How can I get proof that I completed my hours?

Habitat staff will be happy to sign any forms that verify volunteer hours once your hours have been completed. So please remember to bring your forms with you.

If you do not have a form, we are happy to provide an hours verification letter after your last day of service by:

  • Emailing Volunteer@HabitatEBSV.org and request an hours verification letter
  • Include the site, date, and number of hours for each volunteer event you would like verified (only include volunteer events that have already occurred).
  • Please allow up to two weeks to get your hours verification letter.
Do I need to attend a volunteer orientation?
No! We start each volunteer day on site with a short orientation about Habitat and our current projects, safety information, and task assignments/instructions.
How old do I have to be?

For safety reasons, all volunteers must be at least 16 years old– even with a parent/guardian. Volunteers ages 16 - 18 must bring a signed minor waiver form with them to site.

If you are 15 or younger, we have a few alternative volunteer options such as fundraising, handing out flyers, or preparing lunch for site volunteers.

What should I bring?
Be prepared with: a reusable water bottle; sturdy, closed-toed shoes; work clothes; clothing layers; a hat; and sunscreen. We will provide tools and safety equipment, but you can bring your own tool belt, gloves, and tools if you wish. If you have a favorite hammer or other tools you would like to use, please be sure to label personal tools with your name.
What about rain or other conditions?

For safety reasons, we will close the site in the event of heavy rain, but we generally work through light showers. After 7:00am on the morning of your volunteer day, call 510-251-6304 and follow prompt #7. If the site is closed due to rain, the message will say so. If the message makes no mention of rain, assume the site is open.

How do I bring out a group?

We offer a variety of different volunteer opportunities for groups of any size. If you are part of a company looking to volunteer, please visit our Company Team Building page for more information. If you have five or more participants and are part of a school, community, faith, or other group, please visit our Faith & Community Groups page for more information.

Is lunch provided?
Lunch is not provided, with special exceptions. Volunteers bring a sack lunch or plan to purchase lunch nearby. Your lunch break is short, so bringing a lunch is recommended.
How do I give feedback?
We would love to hear your feedback! Feel free to fill out our survey here or contact us directly at 510-803-3322 or Volunteer@HabitatEBSV.org.


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    10/22/2023 All day

    Cycle of Hope brings hundreds of cyclists, volunteers, and fundraisers together to raise awareness and funds to benefit and celebrate Habitat for Humanity's work right here in the Bay Area. Learn more!

  2. Housing & Equity Townhall

    Nov. 28, 2023 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST

    Join us for a conversation about housing and equity with guest speakers and co-authors Richard and Leah Rothstein.

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